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Philadelphia Coin Silver Stuffing Spoon by Christian Cornelius, c.1810

Philadelphia Coin Silver Stuffing Spoon by Christian Cornelius, c.1810
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Offered is a very scarce example of a quite early American coin silver platter spoon or stuffing spoon, measuring about 12 3/8 inches in length and weighing about 122 grams, by Christian Cornelius of Philadelphia. Mr. Cornelius, who came to the U.S. from Holland, worked only briefly as a silversmith in the U.S., from about 1810-14. After that he had a long and successful career in in making and selling patent and fancy lamps and associated garniture. His silver is quite uncommon - this is only the second piece I've had, and the only piece with a city mark in addition to the maker's mark. He may have reserved use of the city mark for more important or substantial pieces. Platter spoons this early in coin silver are very uncommon, although I will be listing one other soon. This particular piece has unusual flared shoulders that were only in vogue with a subset of Philadelphia silversmiths, and then only for a couple of years. It otherwise follows Philadelphia stylistic cues, including with the large feathered period engraved script monogram, written across rather than along the upper handle. Condition overall is fair, with some moderate tip wear and an old repair where the stem meets the bowl. This is reflected in the price. Despite the repair, this is a rare and attractive piece, and ready for display or for use. All in all a lovely large early Philadelphia coin silver serving piece!

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